Wild's magic number is 3 to clinch playoff spot

Author:
Updated:
Original:

The final week of the National Hockey League's regular season is upon us and the Minnesota Wild, barring a total collapse, should clinch a playoff spot in the very near future.

Minnesota's magic number to clinch a berth in the postseason is three, and they can go about securing those three points three different ways.

  1. Win two of the final four games
  2. Win one game and lose another in overtime/shootout
  3. Lose three games in overtime/shootout

Minnesota wraps up the road portion of the regular season schedule tonight in Winnipeg. Then the Wild plays home games Tuesday against Boston, Thursday against St. Louis and Sunday versus Nashville.

One NHL scout told ESPN.com that Minnesota's playoff chances depend on its goaltending.

“They’re coming alive,” the scout said. “It will depend on their goaltending. I don’t know if Bryz (Illya Bryzgalov) can show up for more than one night.”

Bryzgalov has been starting in place of injured netminder Darcy Kuemper, who, according to the Star Tribune, still doesn't have a timetable to return.

Minnesota seems to be getting hot at the right time. Bryzgalov is 5-0-3 as a starter since being traded to the Wild from Edmonton. As a team, the Wild is 3-0-1 in its last four games, with wins coming over NHL powers Los Angeles and Pittsburgh, and a shootout loss to the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.

Bryzgalov will start in goal tonight against the Jets, but the big question is whether head coach Mike Yeo will bring him back out for Tuesday big game against the Bruins. As of now, Yeo hasn't made a decision. Boston, by the way, pounded the Wild 4-1 last month in a game started by Kuemper.

According to The Hockey Writers, Bryzgalov has won only 11 of 27 career postseason starts.

Meanwhile, the Wild put postseason ticket strips on sale at 10 a.m. today. Prices of the ticket strips, which include a seat for each home game of the first and second rounds, can be found at Wild.com.

Next Up

Kirk Cousins

Report: Kellen Mond has COVID, Cousins among players out of practice

The team is scheduled to practice on Saturday night.

USPS packages

Two Ramsey County men sentenced in mail theft scheme

Sonny Vang Xiong was sentenced to three years in prison, while Davis Her was sentenced to six and a half years in prison.

Jeff Gladney

Jeff Gladney's ex-girlfriend files $1 million civil lawsuit

The civil lawsuit accuses Gladney of assaulting the woman for over two hours.

vaccine, covid

St. Paul care home group will mandate COVID vaccines for staff

It comes amid reports of COVID outbreaks at homes where residents are all vaccinated, but staff are not.

Jail handcuffs arrest

Starbuck man charged with uploading, sharing child pornography

The 47-year-old was arrested after a tip from the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children.

ambulance

Boy, 11, seriously injured after 'fall' that police now suspect was abuse

It was initially reported that the boy slipped and fell.

police lights

Investigation underway after body found during welfare check in Plato

The identity of the deceased has not yet been revealed.

Mayor Brad Wiersum

'Please, please, please get vaccinated,' Minnetonka mayor pleads

This comes as the local state of emergency officially ends.

YouTube - Jeopardy screengrab minneapolis

Can you answer all the Minneapolis questions from this week's 'Jeopardy?'

KARE personalities including Randy Shaver and Rena Sarigianopoulos presented the clues.

Pexels - woman shop mask covid CROP

35 counties, including most of Twin Cities, now COVID hotspots

The CDC recommends everyone wear a mask in public, indoor places in these counties.

covid, coronavirus

CDC document: Delta variant as contagious as chickenpox

Vaccines remain very effective at preventing severe illness from the delta variant, however.

Related